Improving Access to French Language Health Services

Access to quality French-language health services directly impacts the health of Francophones. We work to fulfill this need under the French Language Services Act and the Local Health System Integration Act. A strong working partnership has been established with Entité 4 (French Language Health Services Planning Entity #4) to support in engaging with its francophone stakeholders. Through a Joint Action Plan, we are working to improve the delivery of French Language Health Services (FLHS), develop FLHS performance indicators, and explore the identification and designation of HSPs for the provision of FLHS.

To find health service providers and other agencies that offer all or some of their health services in French, please click here.

To view the French Language Services Update presented to the Executive Leadership Team on May 13, 2019, please click here.

French Language Engagement

Coalition for Healthy Francophone Communities in Scarborough

Central East LHIN and Entité 4 have entered into a partnership with the TAIBU Community Health Centre, a health service provider (HSP) who provides primary healthcare and community development programs and services for the African and Caribbean community in Scarborough, to support the Coalition for Healthy Francophone Communities in Scarborough (CHFCS). The primary focus of the CHFCS is on health promotion and secondary prevention to slow or stop the progression of chronic disease and, where possible, prevent adverse events or disability.

The CHFCS:

  • Discusses best practices of health promotion, lifestyle modification and management of chronic diseases;
  • Shares and present new initiatives, programs, services;
  • Identifies possible shared initiatives and projects;
  • Provides feedback to the LHIN on Francophone needs in Scarborough Cluster;
  • Promotes use of existing programs and initiatives including self-management of chronic diseases and to promote better health outcomes for Francophone of diverse and multicultural community;
  • Advises and provide input on the development of a Health Promotion and Prevention Action Plan for Scarborough;
  • Advises on community projects that benefit the Francophone community recognizing diverse ethnicity in in Scarborough;
  • Reviews information gathered during project consultations, and develop reports and recommendations on initiatives regarding the health and wellness of the French-speaking population of Scarborough.

Membership on the CHFCS includes:

  • Liben Gebremikael, Executive Director - TAIBU Community Health Centre
  • Tony Jno Baptiste, Manager Community Programs - TAIBU Community Health Centre
  • Simon Houle, Planning Officer – Entité 4
  • Antoine Dérose, Program Consultant & Health Promotion Lead GTA Area – CAMH
  • Marlène Rémy –Thélusma, Interim Chair- Kay Créole d’Entraide et de Services Professionnels.
  • Marie Fortin – Board member – Kay Créole d’Entraide et de Services Professionnels
  • Anastasie Mbombo –Chair- Réseau de Femme Afro-Canadiennes Francophone
  • Malubungi Mueni, Chair - Réseau des Chercheurs Africaines
  • Paul Merlin Wabet, member of the Common Thoughts Initiative

Francophone Community Table on Health – Durham Region

As part of their Joint Action Plan, the Central East LHIN and Entité 4 have implemented a Francophone Community Table on Health – Durham Region. This table will gathers health and community services key stakeholders who have formed an Advisory Committee which provides an opportunity for discussion and sharing on the needs expressed by Durham Region francophone communities.

Responsibilities of the FCTHDR are: 

  • To mobilize Durham Region Francophones for the identification of needs, priorities, and solutions in matters of health, aligned with present and future priority sectors identified by Central East LHIN and in the Joint Annual Action Plan signed between Entité 4 and its three LHINs.
  • To provide Entité 4 with data on the communities involved in order to properly prioritize health services, within the framework of the Central East IHSP and the Joint Annual Action Plan signed between Entité 4 and its three LHINs.
  • To support Entité 4 and Central East LHIN when engaging francophone communities for the improvement of French language health services in Durham Region and assess strategies impacting the health and well-being of Durham Region Francophones. 

Membership:

  • Ana Pacheco-Rye, CSC Carea CHC 
  • Azza Youssef, ACFO - Durham/Peterborough 
  • Brigitte Auger, Les Centres d’Accueil Héritage  – Service de jour
  • Clarisse Woungang,  Les Centres d’Accueil Héritage  – Service de jour
  • Carol Montero, YMCA du Grand Toronto-Région de Durham
  • Chandecia French, Durham Region Health Department – Bureau de santé de la région de Durham
  • Cindy Zamiska, Catholic Family Services of Durham - Services à la famille catholiques de Durham
  • Claudette Leduc, Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives
  • Darling Émile,  Centre de santé communautaire Taibu - Taibu Community Health Centre
  • Dawn Hannah, Alzheimer Society Durham Region-Société Alzheimer de la région Durham
  • Deanna Argue, Home and Community Care Support Services Central East
  • Brenda Davie, Alzheimer Society Durham Region-Société Alzheimer de la région Durham
  • Denyse Newton,  Alzheimer Society Durham Region-Société Alzheimer de la région Durham
  • Ella Irakoze, Alzheimer Society Durham Region-Société Alzheimer de la région Durham
  • Sylvie Gendron, Membre de la communité
  • Manon Lemonde, Ontario Tech University-Institut universitaire de technologie de l'Ontario
  • Mélanie Antunes, École secondaire catholique Saint-Charles-Garnier
  • Mireille Huneault, Centre de santé communautaire Taibu - Taibu Community Health Centre
  • Stephanie Antunes, Sage-Femmes 
  • Tanya Montebello, Durham Rape Crisis Centre
  • Tara Wheeler, Durham Region Health Department – Bureau de santé de la région de Durham
  • Johan Chen, Entité 4
  • Lisa Gotell, Entité 4

For more information on these activities, please contact Farrah Hirji at Farrah.Hirji@lhins.on.ca.


Resources for Patients 

Designated French Health Service Providers in Central East: 

Identified French Health Service Providers in Central East:

Central East health providers and other agencies who provide some services in French

Other French health service providers outside of Central East

Contact Us

Resources for Providers

Francophone Contact

Farrah Hirji
Director, System and Sub-region Planning and Integration
Ontario Health (East)
905-430-3308 ext. 3268
Farrah.Hirji@lhins.on.ca

 

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care